I am not a mental health professional, this article references hotlines that are/have been useful for me and people close to me.
Happy holidays! With finals season and the beginning of winter break, December can be stressful and overwhelming. I’ve always found comfort in knowing there are people who’ve been through the same things I have and can help me. Holidays especially can be difficult, and a very useful tool for me has always been hotlines. Being able to vent how I feel and have someone there listening helped me tremendously.
Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of hotlines that have been useful for my friends and me. Below is the list divided by categories: suicide, general, self harm, eating disorders, LGBTQ+, and abuse. I also like to remind myself that it doesn’t matter if I feel like my situation isn’t “bad enough” or “others have it worse” because everyone deserves to feel okay.
Have a wonderful break, everyone! :) You are so important and you make the world better just by being here.
- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988 or 1-800-273-8255 or chat
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline TTY: 1-800-799-4889
- List of International Suicide Hotlines
General Hotlines and Helplines
- Depression Hotline: 1-888-640-5174 or 1-630-482-9696
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: 1-800-950-6264
- GriefShare, a group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences, contact number: 1-800-395-5755
- Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-942-5969
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 (TTY: 1-800-487-4889)
- Bullying: 1-800-420-1479
- Teen Line, a 501(c)3 organization that helps teens and provides education and support to the community, hotline: 1-800-852-8336
- S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends): 1-800-DONT-CUT
- Self Harm Hotline: 1-877-455-0628
- National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: Call or text 1-800-931-2237 or chat online
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Helpline: 888-375-7767
For LGBTQIA+ Individuals
- The Trevor Project Hotline (Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386 or text ‘START’ to 678-678 or chat online
- Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233 (TTY: 1-800-787-3224) or text “START” to 88788 or chat online
- The National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline: 855-812-1001 or email at email@example.com or chat online
- Stop It Now! – prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families, and communities through direct support, information, and resources to take actions that protect children before they are harmed – helpline: 1-888-PREVENT (7738368) or email
- List of State Elder Abuse Hotlines
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: Call or text 1-800-422-4453
- State Child Welfare Agency Websites List
- Love is Respect Hotline: Call 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 800-787-3224) or text “LOVEIS” to 22522 or chat online
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Hotline: 800-843-5678
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) – National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673 or chat online